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Justice Antonin Scalia Dead At 79

Antonin Scalia

Associate Justice Antonin Scalia has died at the age of 79.

Pennsylvania Judge Refuses To Dismiss Charges Against Bill Cosby Due To Immunity Agreement

Bill Cosby

A Pennsylvania Judge has refused to dismiss sexual assault charges against Bill Cosby based on an alleged 2005 Immunity Agreement.

State Department Withholds 22 Hillary Clinton Emails For Containing “Top Secret” Information

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More email headaches for the Clinton campaign, but it remains unclear if any wrongdoing occurred.

BREAKING: Ammon Bundy Arrested, One Killed, in Confrontation with Police

The Oregon standoff is over, with one unnamed fatality. WaPo‘s Sarah Kaplan Six people involved in the armed occupation of a Central Ore. wildlife refuge were arrested after a traffic stop during which shots were fired. Another unnamed individual was killed during the confrontation, the FBI and Oregon State Police announced Tuesday. CNN: Federal authorities arrested Ammon Bundy, […]

Will Autonomous Vehicles Lead To A Ban On Human-Operated Cars And Trucks?

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As autonomous vehicles near the point where they’ll become a presence on American roads, are we approaching a day when it will largely be illegal for people to drive their own car?

Supreme Court Accepts Appeal Of Ruling Halting Obama’s Deportation Relief Programs

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The Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal in what is guaranteed to be a high profile case heading into the 2016 elections.

A Legal Bombshell Could Wreck The Criminal Case Against Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby

An agreement purportedly made ten years ago by a former prosecutor could mean the end of the criminal charges against Bill Cosby.

Supreme Court Accepts Appeal Of Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell

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The Supreme Court has agreed to review the legal basis for the conviction of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell on public corruption charges.

Supreme Court Appears Poised To Hand Major Defeat To Public Employee Unions

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After oral argument today in a high profile case, it appears likely that public employee unions are likely to suffer a major legal defeat later this year.

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore Declares War On The Constitution

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Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore tells Probate Judges they should not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, in clear defiance of the law and his duties as an officer of the Court.

Donald Trump Suggests Ted Cruz’s Canadian Birth Could Be A Problem For The GOP

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In response to questions from reporters, Donald Trump suggested that Ted Cruz’s Canadian birth could pose problems for the GOP if Cruz won the party’s nomination.

Obama’s Executive Action On Guns Is More Symbolism Than Substance

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The gun control regulations to be announced later today by President Obama later today amount to far less than the hype would lead you to believe.

‘Militia’ Takes Over Federal Wildlife Refuge

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A group led by Ammon Bundy, son of Clive Bundy, has taken over the Malheur Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Oregon to protest somethingorother.

Bill Cosby Charged With Sexual Assault In Pennsylvania

Bill Cosby

After nearly two years of decades old stories leaking out, entertainment legend Bill Cosby has been charged with drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in 2005.

Tamir Rice And The Question Of How The Law Should Handle Officer-Involved Shootings

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The decision by a Cleveland Grand Jury to decline to indict a police officer in the shooting of 12 year old Tamir Rice raises once again questions about how the law handles shootings involving police officers.

When Life Imitates an Episode of “Breaking Bad”

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Via WCVB:  $1 million in cash found in disgraced former state representative’s safe deposit boxes U.S. Marshals said they found the cash in safe deposit boxes controlled by John George, 68, who is also a former Dartmouth Selectman. George was convicted and sentenced to 70 months in prison on federal charges for embezzling from a […]

Federal Appeals Court Ruling Raises Doubts About Rulings Against Redskins Trademarks

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A ruling in an unrelated case raises serious doubts about the law used to revoke the Washington Redskins trademarks because they are allegedly ‘disparaging.’

Postal Service Bars Newspapers That Advertise Marijuana From The Mail, Even Where It’s Legal

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The Post Office is saying that it will not accept for mail any publication that includes ad for marijuana, even in states where it has been legalized.

Delaware Becomes The Latest State To Decriminalize Marijuana

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Delaware has become the latest state to liberalize its laws regarding marijuana.

DHS Official Argues Against Using No-Fly List To Bar People From Buying Guns

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At least one DHS official seems to be against the idea of using no-fly list to stop people from buying firearms.

Mistrial In First Trial Of Officer In Freddie Gray Case Deals Prosecution A Setback

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A setback for prosecutors in the Freddie Gray case.

Majority Of Americans Oppose Ban On So-Called ‘Assault Weapons’ According To New Poll

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A new poll shows that a majority of Americans oppose a ban on so-called ‘assault weapons,’ a marked change from two decades ago.

Another Poll Shows Republicans Support Donald Trump’s ‘Ban All Muslims’ Immigration Plan

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Heading into another Presidential debate, a new poll shows that Republicans are very receptive to Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslim immigration to the U.S.

Los Angeles Public Schools Closed In Wake Of ‘Unspecified Threats’

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Every public school in Los Angeles, which covers over 600,000 students, plus teachers and staff, has been closed for the day in the wake of unspecified threats.

Ohio Secretary Of State: Trump Can’t Run As An Independent In Ohio

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Ohio’s Secretary of State is already precluding the possibility that Donald Trump could get on the ballot as an independent in the Buckeye State.

Bowe Bergdahl To Face Court Martial For Desertion, Endangering U.S. Troops

Bowe Bergdahl

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will face a Court Martial for the circumstances that led to his being capture and held captive by the Taliban for five years.

New York Judge Upholds Injunction Shutting Down Draft Kings And Fan Duel In New York

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A New York Judge has upheld an injunction against Draft Kings and Fan Duel. It’s probably correct under New York law, but that just means the law needs to be changed.

Colorado Springs Shooter Robert Dear Admits Guilt, Confirms Motive, In Courtroom Outburst

Robert Dear Colorado Springs Shooter

The man who killed three and wounded several others at a Colorado Planned Parenthood seemingly admitted guilt and motive in a courtroom outburst, but questions about his mental capacity remain.

Divided Supreme Court Hears Arguments On Affirmative Action In University Admissions

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A divided Supreme Court heard argument today in a case involving affirmative action in college admissions that is before the Court for the second time in two years.

Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument On Meaning Of ‘One Person, One Vote’ In Redistricting

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The Supreme Court heard oral argument today in a case that could have big implications for redistricting, and the make-up of state legislatures and the House of Representatives.

Some Thoughts on the Pending One Person, One Vote Case

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I am having a hard time seeing a system of districts based on eligible voters and not simply population.

Justice Department Opens Investigation Of Chicago Police Department

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The Justice Department has launched a widespread investigation into the operation of the Chicago Police Department in the wake of the murder of LaQuan McDonald.

Court Declines To Hear Case Involving Chicago Suburb’s Assault Weapons Ban

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The Supreme Court has declined to accept an appeal challenging a law barring certain types of so-called ‘assault weapons’ in a Chicago suburb.

No, We Shouldn’t Use The No-Fly List To Decide Who Can’t Buy A Gun

No-Fly List

The no-fly list is a flawed, arbitrary mess that has kept innocent people from flying for years. Using it to deny people rights recognized by the Constitution is, quite honestly, insane.

Media Tour Of San Bernardino Shooters’ Home Mostly Shows Media At Its Worst

Media San Bernardino Shooters Home

Yesterday, cable news networks, and most especially MSNBC, showed their profession at its most pathetic.

San Bernardino Shooter Reportedly ‘Radicalized,’ Wife Pledged Support To ISIS, Before Attack

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The probability that the shootings in San Bernardino were at least inspired by ISIS and/or other Jihadist terror networks is increasing.

Have There Really Been 355 ‘Mass Shootings’ This Year? Only If You’re Relying On Bad Data

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No, there really haven’t been 355 ‘mass shootings’ since January 1st. Not unless you’re relying on completely unreliable data.

America’s Massive Decline in Gun Violence

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Mass shootings rightly grab our attention. But the obscure the overall picture of violent crime.

Our Feckless Congress Is Shirking Its Constitutional Duties On The War Against ISIS

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Yesterday, the British Parliament debated the expansion of that nation’s military strikes against ISIS. For more than a year, our cowardly Congress has failed to even hold one debate or vote on America’s role in that conflict.

Suspects Dead In San Bernardino Mass Shooting, But Much Remains Unclear

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The suspects in the San Bernardino shootings are dead, but that’s about all we know so far this morning.

Police Shooting In Chicago Beginning To Have A Political Impact

LaQuan McDonald Shooting

The October 2014 shooting of 17 year old LaQuan McDonald is beginning to have a political impact in Chicago and could have national political implications as well.

At Least 14 Dead, 14 Wounded In Mass Shooting In San Bernardino, California, Multiple Shooters Reported

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Multiple victims, and possibly multiple shooters, reported in San Bernardino, California.

SCOTUS Makes It More Likely Immigration Appeal Can Be Heard And Decided By June

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After requesting a 30 day extension to reply to the Federal Government’s request for appeal in the case challenging President Obama’s immigration executive action, the states get only eight days.

Marco Rubio Panders To The ‘Religious Right’ On Same-Sex Marriage, Obergefell

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Marco Rubio is telling conservative Christians in Iowa and elsewhere what they want to hear on same-sex marriage. It just happens to be complete and utter nonsense.

Political Rhetoric You Disagree With Isn’t Responsible For Someone Else’s Criminal Acts

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Blaming political opponents for criminal acts they clearly didn’t commit or advocate isn’t a political argument, it’s demagoguery.

Colorado Springs Shooter Is An Enigma, But The Shooting Is Being Politicized Anyway

Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood Shooting

We still don’t know very much about Robert Dear, the man who shot and killed three people at the site of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado, but that hasn’t stopped the usual suspects from politicizing the case.

Info on the Colorado Springs Shooter

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Via NPR:  What We Know About The Alleged Planned Parenthood Shooter

Gunman In Standoff At Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood Clinic, Motive Unclear. Update: Shooter Now In Custody

Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood Shooting

A gunman is holed up in a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs after shooting multiple people, but it’s unclear what if any motive may be involved in the shooting.

Another White House Fence Jumper, This Time Caught On Camera

White House Fence Jumper

The additional security measures that the Secret Service has put in place didn’t stop a man from making a jump over the White House fence yesterday: A man draped in an American flag was taken into custody Thursday afternoon after he jumped the fence of the White House while the first family was inside celebrating […]

Chicago Cop Charged With First-Degree Murder In 2014 Death Of 17 Year-Old African-American Male

Laquan McDonald Protest

A Chicago Police Officer has been charged with murder in the death of a 17 year old African-American male that, from the evidence that has been released, seems completely unjustifiable.

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